Not having fun

My body is rebelling.

For most of this week I have been fighting with obnoxious histamines from whatever the hell is in bloom in southern Arizona.  Nothing is working to ease my symptoms and it’s pissing me off. I’ve avoided going anywhere because others would see me and think I was contagious. I look like crap.

Yesterday I had a small skin cancer removed from my left hand. Not a terribly deep lesion but now I have to be checked every six months. Damn.

I’ve been lax in my writing, stressed by all of this and wishing for escape. My one sweetness is Millie my beautiful German Shepherd. She seems to know I’m not myself. She curls up next to me on the couch or rests at my feet. She is very curious about the bandage on my hand. My baby puppy.

Poor hubby is having to look after himself. He’s stepped up and made his lunches, loaded the dishwasher, and been patient with me. I’m blessed.

Time to get my butt gear. Life is waiting.

Cheers!

-N

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The big picture

Been a while since I’ve blogged and it’s my own fault. Did ya miss me?  Just busy with humans, enjoying rare rainy weather, and figuring out who decided writing checks is still necessary.

If you go to the Fry’s grocery store the first Wednesday of every month you will encounter the last of the check writing generation. They have declared it old people shopping day, and half of them pay their bill by check!! They write out their check, flip through their check register and write in their check information like a good little bank account holder, then carefully rip out the check and hand it to the cashier who is obligated to look it over to make sure the digits are right, it is signed and then run it through the cash register to validate it.

Meanwhile I’ve had time to knit a scarf and read all the magazines.

We just got surround sound in our TV room so now as I watch a movie I get the real movie theater experience. Love the sub woofer best! This is good since I don’t go to movie theaters very often. Maybe once every four years. Sitting in a public movie theater is a yucky, disgusting experience for me. I feel like I’m covered in germs, the floor and seats are sticky, people are coughing, children are noisy, and you can read by the glow of cell phones. No thanks.

My daughter-in-law has taken on my theater disability as her personal project. God, I love her! Last Christmas she set up a trip to an amazing theater near their home in Lewisville, Texas. This place was brand new – check; had real food – check; alcohol – double check; and a wait staff – triple check. Saw the new Star Wars flick with my kids and after it was over we spent the hour after dissecting the story. Splendid.

Recently I’ve been reading a lot of books with coastal locales as the setting for each of them. Even though my home here in Catalina is nice, I really miss the ocean. 20160802_111143

I have lots of grass, trees, flowers, a fish pond, vines and shrubs-most of it not representing the desert in any way. If I could afford it I would at least have a pool at my house. Water.

If I had to pick between never seeing a mountain or an ocean I would have to choose the mountain. Put mountains and ocean together and I could work with that! I’m pretty sure I could never live without seeing the ocean.

Ironic for a woman who lives in the desert.

Cheers!

-N

 

 

 

A new toy

I’m using my new toy. A Samsung tablet. It’s taking a bit of time to get used to it but it is a nice bit of fun. It’s sort of like a phone, but its not. I’m not expecting to replace my laptop with it. It is more to replace my Kindle which is starting to get a bit weird. So here we go breaking it’s blog cherry!!

I’m sitting on the back porch with my coffee, listening to the birds being noisy eaters as they swarm the feeders as I enjoy a few minutes of cool morning air.

A hummingbird is guarding the feeder from his spot in a nearby tree, so the wife can eat. We’ve had so much rain there are mosquitoes around. No sitting outside in shorts!

I’ve finished checking my historical manuscript and now it’s time to put in the  corrections. I have four rewrites including a scene I had to cut and start over. It is also directly related to another part of the story so some continuity checks are in order.

I’ve been keeping a notebook and pen by my bed recently since I’ve had several ideas popping up at night. Some for my contemporary story and some brand new things. Love when stuff just shows up.

Millie is patrolling and I need more coffee so I’m handing this blog off to you fine followers.

Cheers!

-N

Daniel

When you meet Daniel and get one of his hugs you know love is covering you. He is also hilarious. “Fire in the hole!” Great post!

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In 2014 after the death of his mother, my nephew came to live with us.  Daniel is 32, and has Down syndrome.

It was a big change as we had been empty-nesters since 2008.  It isn’t always easy to live with a disabled person, especially one who has at times difficulty understanding just what you are trying to communicate to him; the question beginning with “why” is a tough one for Daniel.  Aside from that, Daniel is high functioning and quite able.  He loves to help out around the house and is very proud of his daily accomplishments.  Those accomplishments include; helping with the dogs, emptying the trash, mopping (well, sort of), making his bed, brushing his teeth, etc.  Each day when I come home he gives me a rundown of his day which is pretty much the same as the day before.  Daniel just needs what we all need…

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Bite Your Tongue!

This post gives me a great idea for dealing with the same feelings. Thanks sis for a great blog.

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There are words I want to speak to someone but I know I can’t actually say them.  My sharp tongue will do no good, but that doesn’t take away the thoughts.

So, I took a moment to “speak” to this person; I said how I honestly felt and I put it all in a Word document.  It was cathartic to say the words; truthful, but most likely hurtful words, minus the conflict that would have been created.

I was telling a coworker about what I had done and she suggested I print it out and then burn it.  She said it would have some sort of effect.  Maybe I will do that.  But for now, I’ve saved the document and will add to it if need be.  It’s better than speaking the words to the person, they wouldn’t listen anyway.

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Thunder alarm clock

It was 5:50 am and I heard what I thought was a truck rumbling by, but that made no sense to me. Millie scratched on the screen door telling me to get my butt up and let her out. Then I heard it again. Was that thunder? Interesting.

Millie went out, and did her thing. I lay back down and started to doze off.

At the screen door scratching around 6:30 I got up to let her back in and realized it was sprinkling. Hallelujah! Rain to start a Tuesday morning. Filled my coffee, grabbed my phone and headed to the back porch to enjoy the rain. Then it really started to rain, a full fledged rain shower. I looked to the north and there was a thick, wide rain shaft with low clouds that appeared to be moving my way.

See me smile and sigh.

Chuck joined me with his coffee and we watched as the storm came near. Then boom! That was close. A few minutes later a brilliant lightning bolt struck very close, like 1/4 mile away with an instant, shocking BOOM! The wind started to pick up testifying the storm was here. The temps dropped fast and we sat enjoying the show as small hail mixed with rain fell.

Abruptly, suddenly, quickly, immediately – pick and adverb – the wind shifted and got stronger, blowing rain and hail straight at us, hail was landing in our laps, tables, chairs and on Millie. We jumped up, gathering our things and hurried inside with Millie leading the way.

It was awesome!

Now, a few hours later it is still over cast with thick clouds, with an occasional sprinkle and the rumble of distant thunder.

What a way to start my morning!

Cheers!

-N

Blogging, writing and rain storms

Last night my sister told me the reblog button is not showing up on my posts. I hadn’t realized this was occurring. Has anyone else had this happen? I recently changed my theme and now I’m concerned this has created a problem.

I’ve made contact with the WordPress mother ship and hope to have an answer.

In the mean time I am making progress on two-count ’em-two stories. My historical romance is coming along splendidly. I hope to finish second draft edits the end of this week, then I send it to my beta-readers. The second one is a contemporary fiction and I am currently at 12k words. Believe it or not, I’m having fun bouncing between the two of them.

I am so excited to tell every one that my baby sister has started her own blog! gammyjoy.wordpress.com. Give her blog a look and a follow, please. I am so proud of her jumping into the blogging universe.

Tropical storm Javier may bring us some heavy rain this week!! Whoopee, that makes me a very happy woman. My woman cave is messed up while I do a lot of sorting and tossing. It’s funny because when I do this to a room, closet, etc., it seems to do the same thing for my mind.

I have been looking for some part time work to supplement hubby’s income.20160527_093059

I am pleased to share I have actually been paid some royalties these last four months!

I am an author y’all. Right on.

 

Cheers!

-N

 

Technology!

Interesting look at technology.

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Technology!

For months I have wanted to purchase some older tunes but they aren’t available on iTunes.  Very cool modern technology allows me to play my playlists on my phone through Bluetooth in my car, and on the cute little audio box I purchased for my home.

Each Saturday morning I listen to my favorite radio station program via my phone into my little audio box and one day it just hit me, I bet I can play YouTube videos (AUDIO) too.  The songs I wanted had been uploaded to YouTube so – voila! I now have access to the music I love and missed so much.  My drive to and from work is a little more pleasant now.  It is the simple things in life.

Thank you technology for giving me back my songs.

“Long Distance Winner!”

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People in pain

I had a chance to help someone

The time to act was now

People in pain are hard to comfort

When their minds are scattered and slow

 

Please give me patience

Please make me determined

Please help them hear

Please clear my heart from fear

 

Sometimes it is fight or flight

I hide from what I don’t know

Am I really the one to help another

This is me slipping on the border

 

Ok, I smile and give in, nervous

This person’s pain is quicksand

Yes, I will do my best, for them and me

I will give my time to help them stand

-N